An excerpt from Wind in the Willows

Nice? It's the ONLY thing, said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING - absolute nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing, he went on dreamily: messing - about - in - boats; messing----'
From 'Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

The quiet before the rush

A quiet scene at St Johns (Basingstoke Canal) this morning prior to the final push down the St Johns (or Goldsworth) flight of locks (5), through Woking (3 miles) and then the final 6 at Woodham.

It's been a fabulous week on the Basingstoke with outstanding scenery, especially above Deepcut.  Disappointing that we didn't get to Odiham but slippages of earth (especially after the last 12 months) are understandable. The land that slipped apparently wasn't on Canal property so there's a bit of discussion to take place about repairs but I understand that's already progressing and of course it is a reason to come back again and enjoy this delightful canal.  Anyone wanting to 'do' the Basingstoke should keep an eye on the BCA website for updates about their proposals for reopening.

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